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Indoor Air Quality

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Photo: A man smoking. A young man using an inhailer. Poor indoor air quality (pollution) can bother your eyes, nose, and throat. It can also lead to chronic heart and lung problems and cancer.

Air pollution in the home can come from

  • wood smoke,
  • tobacco smoke,
  • gas-burning furnaces,
  • gas-burning appliances,
  • radon gas,
  • mold, and
  • allergens.

Home air pollution can be made worse by poor ventilation, high heat, and high humidity.

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  • Page last reviewed: March 3, 2014 (archived document)
  • Content source:
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention